Meta and Alt keys

Levy Rami-ERL005 Rami.Levy "at"
Mon, 25 Jun 2001 21:07:29 +0000

Hi Doug,

Not sure if this will fix your problem, but it fixed a related/similar
problem for me:

I regularly experienced the same problem with Xemacs (key mapping warnings).
Naturally one can dismiss that warning buffer easily enough - and there
don't seem to be any ill effects to functionality of Xemacs.

I've found some information on this in the Xemacs FAQ

To make this work for me, I added the following line to my ~/.vnc/xstartup:

xmodmap -e 'keysym Alt_L = Meta_L' -e 'keysym Alt_R = Meta_R'

Then I simply started the Xvnc server. After starting Xemacs, no errors were


Rami Levy

-----Original Message-----
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 08:57:20 -0600
From: "Doug Fisher" <fisher "at">
Subject: Meta and Alt keys

I am running vncserver on Solaris 2.7
I am running vncviewer r7 on Windows 98
The unix program "emacs" has commands that require the ALT key and the META
key modifiers.
On my PC keyboard the ALT key appears to be translated to the META key and I
can not find a way to send the ALT key to emacs.
CTRL key works fine.
Is it possible to redefine a key for the "ALT" modifier?
Or maybe to toggle the definition of what the ALT key does?
  - have it behave as META until you select a menu function or press a
special key combination, and then from then on it would be ALT

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